‘There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.’ 1 Corithians 12v4-7.
Why do some Christians not fulfil their God-given potential? Among the reasons we might list are serving two masters, reluctance to obey God, and underestimating the cost of being a disciple. However, a lesser known one – but no less an impediment – is underestimating or refusing to use our spiritual gifts. Here I am talking about believers who go it alone, thinking that physical strength and resolve will be enough to see them through. Sometimes this happens because they fear opening themselves up and being reliant on God’s Holy Spirit. Other times, it may be a biligerant or dismissive attitude that elevates human resourcefulness and endeavour over God. Whichever it is, failure to understand v7 occurs where a person does not realise that a ‘spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.’
There we have it! The suggestion is that without our spiritual gift we will be unable to help each other in the way that God intends. Sure, we’ll manage for a time in our own strength but sooner or later we will run aground or end up exhausted because service to God and others requires supernatural equipping and not resolve. If you do not know your primary spiritual gift yet, why not check out the resources at primarygift and fulfil your God-given potential.